This Famous Tourist Spot in Japan Was Created After a Major Volcanic Eruption

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The
Kanabe Lava Flow is a famous tourist spot in Japan that was formed after the eruption of the Kannabe Volcano 25,000 years ago. Many waterfalls, formed from the lava flow and river erosion, can also be found at the Inabe River Basin. The largest waterfall here is the Hattan no Taki Waterfall. Known for both its size and pristine waters, the waterfall remains to be one of the most popular spots at Kannabe Plateau.


Upon visiting the falls, you'll feel the coolness of the mist spraying from the water dropping from 24 meters above the ground. This summer, we also recommend enjoying the activities and hot springs at Kannabe Plateau.


Follow our itinerary below! 


10 a.m.: Taniguchi Imagawa-yaki


Taniguchi Imagawa-yaki
was founded in 1954. Their shaved ice, made with homemade syrup, comes in 15 varieties. 


(
Left to right) Imagawa-yaki in Matcha Cream (¥100), Cream (¥90), and Red Bean An (¥90)


The shaved ice is offered at ¥400 (lemon, milk). 


Taniguchi Imagawa-yaki is located at 13-1 Chuomachi, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until supplies run out. You may contact them at +81-796-22-3517. 


The next spot is 45 minutes by car. 


11:30 a.m.: Hattan no Taki Waterfall


The largest waterfall in the
Inaba River Basin is the Hattan no Taki Waterfall. It was named as such because of its resemblance to a flowing hattan fabric. With its beautiful clear waters, the place continues to be a popular scenic spot. 


The Inaba River was formed from the lava flow. Walking along the river will give you a refreshing feeling. 


This is the view of the Hattan no Taki Waterfall from the parking lot. If you go down the mountain trail for about five minutes, you'll arrive at the waterfalls.


Hattan no Taki Waterfall is located at Nashiki, Hidaka-cho, Toyooka City and is accessible at any time. You may contact the Hidaka Kannabe Tourism Committee at +81-796-45-0800. 


The next spot is 20 minutes by car. 


12:30 p.m.: Tokose Soba


Tokose Soba
, located at Tajima’s mountain, specializes in freshly-kneaded, pulled, and cooked-to-order soba noodles. They use natural water from the mountains to achieve the amazing texture and mouthfeel of their soba noodles. Aside from this, the restaurant also has a hearth room where guests can relax. 


The soba noodles come in regular (¥810) or large (¥1,242) sizes. Charcoal-grilled dishes, such as the Grilled Yamame Trout (¥648), are also popular at the restaurant. 


Enjoy your meal at this traditional Japanese house in the countryside. 

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Tokose Soba is located at 641-1 Hajikami, Takeno-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-796-48-0406. 


The next spot is 10 minutes by car. 


1:30 p.m.: UP Kannabe Ski Resort


UP Kannabe
is located at the Kannabe Plateau, in the middle of the mountain, about 496 meters above sea level. Here, you can enjoy activities such as sightseeing and grass skiing from spring to autumn. 


The UP MTB Park allows you to ride your bike downhill through a special course. There are beginner courses that you can take and rental bikes available if you don't have your own (from ¥4,000~). The one-day ticket costs ¥3,500.


Check out the gorgeous view from the mountaintop! 


UP Kannabe Ski Resort is located at 59-78 Kurisuno, Hidaka-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. except on Wednesdays, Thursdays (open during Japanese holidays), and depending on the activities. From September, it is open on weekends only. You may contact the Central Slope Office at +81-796-45-1545. 


The next spot is 3 minutes by car. 


4:00 p.m.: Blue Ridge Hotel


The
Blue Ridge Hotel is a highland resort on the Kannabe Plateau which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Their open-air bath, called Fukamidori no Kaze, can be used even for those on day-trips. Aside from this, you can also enjoy the popular Kannabe Onsen. Since the place is surrounded by forests, taking a dip in the onsen is very relaxing. 


Their hot springs have waters coming from the Kannabe Mountain. They have a pH value of 8.95, which is said to be good for the skin. In addition to the open-air bath, the hotel also has a sauna and a public bath. 


The hotel is surrounded by the nature of Kannabe Plateau.


Blue Ridge Hotel is located at 55 Kurisuno, Hidaka-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture. Entrance to the bath is from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to midnight, except on Wednesdays, which is from 3 p.m. to midnight only. You may contact them at +81-796-45-1200. 


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus ™, and Kansai Walker ™ (7 August 2019)


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